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Mushfiqur wants clarity if he was dropped or rested
Mushfiqur's omission from the three-match T20 series against Pakistan did not come as a surprise to him. He had not joined his national teammates in the preparation camp and instead did his gym-work and running all alone indicating that he might not make the cut for the first time since 2008.
However, the national selectors decided to term his omission as ‘rest' keeping in mind the four Test matches that will follow against Pakistan and New Zealand.
Mushfiqur, on Wednesday, said that he is eyeing a comeback in the shortest format but added that selection panel should say the truth.
”There will be ups and downs in a cricketer's career and this is not the first time I am getting dropped but probably after a long gap,” said Mushfiqur. ”There is no problem [in getting dropped] and I am not taking it negatively,” he said.
”I have always tried for Bangladesh and will do the same in future. There are times when I can perform and there are times when I fail. It is not the end of the world and if there is an opportunity I will try to give my best shot,” he said before calling for the selection panel to tell the truth.
”Certainly [they should say that I am dropped] because everyone should say the truth because nothing is bigger than the team and I am just an ordinary member,” he said.
”The performance goes up and down and everyone should be judged by performance and fitness. They could have easily said that we are thinking something else and not considering you in this series and if you can perform then…
”If they had said it like this then I would have felt it much better that at least they have shown some respect. If they were thinking of the upcoming four Test matches then they could have said that then before the World Cup they could have said that “we have four Test matches and you can take a break” and it would have been appropriate because I would be mentally ready and could have taken my preparation accordingly and perhaps could have made plans differently like could have played two rounds of NCL but they informed so late that I cannot make any preparation plans for the Tests,” he said.
”They asked me whether I am available and suddenly this rest but it's difficult to plan if everything is done all of a sudden,” he said. “They told me selection panel, management, head coach and team director decided that they are not considering me [for Pakistan T20s],” he said.
Mushfiqur added that he is not sure why selectors find it so difficult to say everything on his face as lack of communication made him pay during the five-match T20 series against Australia when he failed to start the 10-day mandatory quarantine on time.
Cricbuzz understands that the selectors did not contact him ahead of the series as he was beside his ailing family member though he could have joined the team as they recovered before the deadline given by Cricket Australia.
”Am I a tiger out of a cage that I will eat them [selectors] or others,” Mushfiqur said with a smile.
”Ahead of the Australia series Nannu bhai (chief selector) called me and asked about the wellbeing of my father and mother and I informed them that they are getting better afterwards I called Nannu bhai and said that my parents are well and I am taking mental preparation for the Australia series but even after that if they can't say anything I cannot do anything. The team won against Australia and perhaps they felt that they don't require me in the team anymore,” he said.
Mushfiqur also revealed there was a communication gap between team management, and Russell Domingo, in particular, when he came up with the formula of split keeping for the New Zealand series and later announced that Mushfiqur is not interested to do keeping in the shorter format.
”To be honest it's challenging for me. There are lots of instances before and I feel there is a communication gap because I am not sure whether I am a tiger or lion…and if we can have an open discussion it is better for everyone,” he said.
”I don't consider me only as a cricketer but what I feel is that I can be a mentor and I want to make sure whoever takes over can start from where I am ending and I feel it is my duty as well.
”If I talk about Sohan( Nurul Hasan) if the team environment is such that the boy is getting embarrassed looking into my eyes and I am feeling bad [how does it look] and so I am saying this could have been handled in a much smoother way if they just told me.
”I was planning to quit keeping after the World Cup and I feel he (Nurul) is more capable than me and I could have given it to him with my own hands. But why it did not happen and why it happened the way it happened I am not sure.
”Now if someone says that I have taken a decision because it is required for the team and the cricketer and others are not aware why it is taken and what is the plan then certainly it turns out to be something else and so we need to be much clearer in this regard,” he finished.